COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from West Ham’s 3-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Carroll must be axed
Andy Carroll, 28, receives a lot of plaudits for his aerial prowess and hold-up ability and a game against Arsenal is one where he absolutely needs to be on form due to West Ham not expecting to have as much possession. However, on Wednesday he was totally out of sync and isolated and if anything was making the Hammers play worse due to his lack of movement and pace. Additionally, Carroll has scored just twice in his last seven Premier League appearances and with the more dynamic Diafra Sakho making his return from injury, it should be time to axe Carroll from the team.
Better full-backs needed
Slaven Bilic has tried numerous different players in the full-back positions this season, including Michail Antonio, Cheikhou Kouyate, Alvaro Arbeloa and Aaron Cresswell. On Wednesday Arthur Masuaku and Sam Byram were handed the roles and both failed to impress, much like the aforementioned names have too. The pair were questionable going backwards and offered next to nothing going forward. The full-back area is clearly one of a few problems in the current West Ham team and better additions are absolutely necessary in the summer.
Relegation battle for Hammers
West Ham went into their first season at their new ground European football, a number of signings brought in from around the globe and high hopes. However, it is fair to say that this season will be wiped from the Hammers’ history books pretty quickly. The east London club are now in serious danger of being relegated back to the Championship with five points separating them from Swansea in 19th and their recent dreadful form. Bilic and his men will now see out the rest of the season in the centre of the relegation battle.
In other West Ham news, Hammers fans shared their concerns over this duo ahead of the clash.